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Hong Kong Introduction


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Hong Kong is a place of contrasts—geographically, socially and economically. Although many Asian cities claim to be where East meets West, the former British Crown Colony is probably the closest the world comes to the genuine article.   Click here to see the full Hong Kong travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hong Kong Geography


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Hong Kong lies on China's southern seaboard and is surrounded by the mainland Chinese province of Guangdong, the capital of which is Guangzhou (formerly called Canton).   Click here to see the full Hong Kong travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hong Kong History


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There is evidence of fishing and farming settlements in the area dating back 6,000 years, but Hong Kong's history is generally documented from the 17th century, when the Manchus from the frigid northeastern regions ruled all of China. Hong Kong's location near the mouth of the strategically important Pearl River made it a favored port of call for trading vessels—and the haunt of pirates and adventurers from around the globe.  Click here to see the full Hong Kong travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hong Kong Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Expect a wonderful mixture of colonial buildings (though these are diminishing in number), ancient Buddhist and Taoist temples and statues, traditional villages and space-age skyscrapers. The stark contrast between Hong Kong's dense urban areas and peaceful green spaces takes many visitors by surprise. Be sure you don't limit your Hong Kong experience only to urban areas—take a ferry out to one of the islands for a breath of sea air and tranquility.  Click here to see the full Hong Kong travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hong Kong Nightlife


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The main nightlife hot spots are Central's Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo areas, Wan Chai and, across the harbor, Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui and Knutsford Terrace. Wan Chai's reputation for naughtiness is overblown these days: For every tacky go-go bar, there is at least one stylish watering hole or delightful restaurant contributing to the area's gradual makeover.   Click here to see the full Hong Kong travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hong Kong Restaurants & Dining


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Family celebrations, social occasions and business meetings all revolve around food, usually at one of the city's 10,000 or so restaurants. In fact, Hong Kong is so keen on wining and dining that a local greeting translates as, "Have you eaten yet?" Cantonese cuisine dominates, but Hong Kong also boasts plenty of restaurants serving regional Chinese cuisines, from Beijing to Shanghai to Yunnan to Sichuan. Other Asian cuisines—such as Thai, Indonesian, Malay and Japanese—also abound.  Click here to see the full Hong Kong travel guide on Travel42 »

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